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Female Entrepreneurship Research: A Classification of Results


  • Luisa De Vita

    () (Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza")

  • Michela Mari

    () (Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata)

  • Sara Poggesi

    () (Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata)


In 2010 187 million out of 400 million entrepreneurs were women in the world (GEM, 2012); this number grew so rapidly by the end of the eighties that Brush and Cooper (2012) define female-owned businesses as one of the fastest growing entrepreneurial populations in the world. Due to the relevance of the phenomenon for economic progress, the Authors settled on a multiyear collaborative study in order to deepen the main features of female entrepreneurship, with a specific interest in the Italian context. This work represents its initial outcome. The goal of this work is to present a classification scheme for female entrepreneurship research, covering 191 articles published between 2000 and 2012 in both business & management and sociological journals. Results show that the interest of academic literature in female entrepreneurship increases on average from 2006 and that both developed and developing countries different from US and Anglo-Saxon ones have appeared in international journals in recent years, thus contributing to enrich the debate on the topic.

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  • Luisa De Vita & Michela Mari & Sara Poggesi, 2012. "Female Entrepreneurship Research: A Classification of Results," DSI Essays Series, DSI - Dipartimento di Studi sull'Impresa, vol. 26.
  • Handle: RePEc:tov:dsiess:v:26:y:2012

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    1. John O. Ogbor, 2000. "Mythicizing and Reification in Entrepreneurial Discourse: Ideology-Critique of Entrepreneurial Studies," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 37(5), pages 605-635, July.
    2. Elena Bardasi & Shwetlena Sabarwal & Katherine Terrell, 2011. "How do female entrepreneurs perform? Evidence from three developing regions," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 37(4), pages 417-441, November.
    3. Candida G. Brush & Sarah Y. Cooper, 2012. "Female entrepreneurship and economic development: An international perspective," Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(1-2), pages 1-6, January.
    4. Ken S. Cavalluzzo, 2002. "Competition, Small Business Financing, and Discrimination: Evidence from a New Survey," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 75(4), pages 641-680, October.
    5. Jock Collins & Angeline Low, 2010. "Asian female immigrant entrepreneurs in small and medium-sized businesses in Australia," Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(1), pages 97-111, January.
    6. Becker-Blease, John R. & Sohl, Jeffrey E., 2007. "Do women-owned businesses have equal access to angel capital?," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 22(4), pages 503-521, July.
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    Entrepreneurship; Female Entrepreneurship; Women Entrepreneurship; Gender; Review.;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • M2 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics


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